James Herron receives National Young Jersey Breeder Award – Cowsmo

James Herron receives National Young Jersey Breeder Award

James Herron, Salem, Ohio, will receive one of seven Young Jersey Breeder Awards given by the American Jersey Cattle Association in ceremonies on June 27, 2014, during the association’s Annual Meetings in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Young Jersey Breeder Award is presented to individuals or couples who are at least 28 years old and under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year nominated, who merit recognition for their expertise in dairy farming, breeding Jersey cattle, participation in programs of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., and leadership in Jersey and other dairy and agriculture organizations.

James returned to Welcome View Farm to work alongside his father, David, in 2006 after graduating from the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (OSU-ATI). Since joining the operation, now named Cold Run Jerseys, James has improved production and type, while expanding the herd. From 85 cows when he started, the 220-cow herd now features 37 Excellent and 195 Very Good animals, with an average appraisal score of 84.9%.

The Cold Run herd ranked among the top 10 in the nation for production among similar-size herds in each of the past four years. With a 2013 lactation average of 21,455 lbs. milk, 1,142 lbs. fat, and 781 lbs. protein on 198 lactations, it currently ranks second for fat and third for milk and protein among herds with 150 to 299 cows. A total of 25 Cold Run cowss produced 305-day records in excess of 25,000 lbs. milk, the highlight being Cold Run Action Rhea, Excellent-90%. Her production record of 33,360 lbs. milk was the seventh high 305-day milk record in the nation.

The American Jersey Cattle Association, organized in 1868, compiles and maintains animal identification and performance data on Jersey cattle and provides services that support genetic improvement and greater profitability through increasing the value of and demand for Registered Jersey™ cattle and genetics, and Jersey milk and milk products. For more information on the association’s complete line of services for dairy business owners, visit the website at www.USJersey.com or connect at Facebook.com/USJersey.

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